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Social Enterprise in a global context: the role of Higher Education Institutes

Social Enterprise in a global context: the role of Higher Education Institutes



The British Council has commissioned SERIO, and colleagues in Futures Entrepreneurial Centre, at Plymouth University to undertake a global study to inform Social Enterprise policy.

SERIO to conduct an evaluation of SkillsPlanner

SERIO to conduct an evaluation of SkillsPlanner



Over the next two years SERIO will be evaluating an exciting new Ethos-led initiative 'SkillsPlanner' which aims to solve skills shortages in the construction industry.

SERIO to conduct an evaluation Our Urban Shop Project

SERIO to conduct an evaluation Our Urban Shop Project



SERIO will once again be working as evaluation partners for the Plunkett Foundation to evaluate the Our Urban Shop project.

Making art accessible

Making art accessible



A pioneering partnership has been awarded funding to make the arts available to people whose physical disabilities may have prevented them from engaging with it in the past. The project aims to use innovative digital technology to take art into community.

SERIO to undertake a Skills Audit across Plymouth and its Travel to Work Area

SERIO to undertake a Skills Audit across Plymouth and its Travel to Work Area



SERIO have been commissioned by Plymouth City Council to carry out a Skills Audit to better understand the educational offer and skills provision available within Plymouth.

SERIO to review the Torbay Vulnerability Forum, an innovative approach to multi-agency working

SERIO to review the Torbay Vulnerability Forum, an innovative approach to multi-agency working



SERIO have been commissioned to carry out a review of the Torbay Vulnerability Forum.

Nightstop

Nightstop



SERIO will be working with Community Housing Aid and Encompass South West as their evaluation partner following their successful bid to the Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund to extend the existing Nightstop Devon project into Northern Devon.

SW AHSN Developing a Health and Life Science Database for the South West Region

SW AHSN Developing a Health and Life Science Database for the South West Region



SERIO has recently been commissioned by the South West Academic Health Science Network, which works across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, to develop a health and life science database (HLSD) to support their work.

Oral health promotion messages for dental health professionals:  SERIO to review evidence for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Oral health promotion messages for dental health professionals: SERIO to review evidence for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)



SERIO has been commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to carry out a systematic review of research on the promotion of oral health care messages.

SERIO to Conduct New Longitudinal Business Survey for Superfast Cornwall

SERIO to Conduct New Longitudinal Business Survey for Superfast Cornwall



SERIO has been appointed by Cornwall Development Company to undertake a longitudinal survey of businesses connected to Superfast Cornwall, the largest ever single European investment in superfast broadband infrastructure.

SERIO and Buckman Associates publish new research on the economic impact of Superfast Cornwall

SERIO and Buckman Associates publish new research on the economic impact of Superfast Cornwall



A team led by SERIO and including experts from across Plymouth University, in collaboration with Buckman Associates, are working with the Cornwall Development Company (CDC) to provide an independent assessment of the impact of Superfast Cornwall.

SERIO leads Devon County Councils Workforce Skills Research Programme 2013-16

SERIO leads Devon County Councils Workforce Skills Research Programme 2013-16



Devon County Council has appointed SERIO to run a 'Workforce Skills Research Programme' spanning a three-year period from April 2013 to March 2016.

Exeter City Council Workforce Skills Business Survey

Exeter City Council Workforce Skills Business Survey



Exeter City Council commissioned SERIO to conduct a telephone survey with 248 Exeter-based businesses between July and August 2013.

SERIO manage large-scale Return to Practice (Nursing) Placement Survey

SERIO manage large-scale Return to Practice (Nursing) Placement Survey



The South West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) commissioned Plymouth University's Faculty of Health, Education and Society to review the implications of supporting returning to nursing students.

Market research to support the Real Ideas Organisation

Market research to support the Real Ideas Organisation



The Real Ideas Organisation, a Community Interest Company that uses social enterprise to create new opportunities for young people and adults, approached SERIO to conduct some market research.

SERIO Explores Attitudes to Higher Education amongst Students, Pupils and Parents

SERIO Explores Attitudes to Higher Education amongst Students, Pupils and Parents



SERIO has been commissioned by the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) to undertake a study of awareness, perceptions and attitudes towards higher education in Cornwall amongst students, pupils and parents.

SERIO working with Literature Works (formerly Cyprus Well) to better understand the literary sector

SERIO working with Literature Works (formerly Cyprus Well) to better understand the literary sector



SERIO has been commissioned by Literature Works to produce a series of reports aimed at getting to grips with how the sector is defined and funded.

SERIO supports Plymouth Fairness Commission

SERIO supports Plymouth Fairness Commission



SERIO has been commissioned to undertake research on behalf of Plymouth Fairness Commission.

SERIO Assesses the Impact of Making Local Food Work

SERIO Assesses the Impact of Making Local Food Work



Drawing upon 87 different sources of evidence, SERIO identified the changes the MLFW programme brought about for food enterprises, their members, stakeholders and local people.

Obstacles to Export Growth for Agrifood SMEs

Obstacles to Export Growth for Agrifood SMEs



In October 2011 SERIO was commissioned by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to investigate obstacles to export growth for agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Perceptions of Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC)

Perceptions of Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC)



SERIO has undertaken research into perceptions of Higher Education and of CUC within Cornwall, amongst the public, businesses, those providing career advice and key stakeholders.

Impact Evaluation of the British Art Show in Plymouth

Impact Evaluation of the British Art Show in Plymouth



SERIO has completed an impact evaluation of the British Art Show in Plymouth, 2011.

SERIO to Advise on the Evaluation of Superfast Cornwall

SERIO to Advise on the Evaluation of Superfast Cornwall



SERIO has been commissioned to provide guidance and advice on the evaluation of the Superfast Cornwall project, and to undertake key tasks for the evaluation itself.

Evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss Project

Evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss Project



SERIO, in collaboration with Plymouth University's School of Social Work, has completed an evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss project in order to assess its impact on project participants and its overall effectiveness.

Businesses are Feeling More Positive About the Future

Businesses are Feeling More Positive About the Future



The findings from the South West Business Survey, undertaken by SERIO, suggest that businesses view the worst of the downturn to be over, with nearly a third indicating they are more confident about their future prospects compared with the previous year.

Firework Events: do they contribute to the economy?

Firework Events: do they contribute to the economy?



SERIO has just completed a desk-based review of the economic impact of hosting/ and sponsoring a major fireworks championships.

Blue Mile

Blue Mile



July 2010 saw hundreds of Plymouth visitors take to the water - swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding - as part of the Blue Mile, a two-day event designed to encourage engagement with and appreciation of the marine environment.

Culture and Regeneration - Opportunities for Plymouth

Culture and Regeneration - Opportunities for Plymouth



SERIO were commissioned by the Plymouth Culture Board to identify and review the available evidence on the potential contribution of culture to the regeneration of Plymouth.

FiftyFour

FiftyFour



SERIO carried out research into 16 potential international markets, spread across six continents, for a Plymouth-based high-performance sailing brand.

Seasonal Food

Seasonal Food



In 2010 SERIO carried out a consumer research study for Defra, looking at current awareness, attitudes and behaviour towards seasonal food.

PROTTEC

PROTTEC



PROTTEC was a European Union funded project which brought together Plymouth University with four other universities in England and France to explore the transfer of knowledge and innovation generated by publicly-funded research.

Integrated Offender Management

Integrated Offender Management



Following on from their development of a monitoring framework for Plymouth's integrated offender management scheme, Seven 2 One, SERIO have been commissioned to carry out a review of the costs and potential savings generated by the programme.

Killala Bay - Feasibility Study

Killala Bay - Feasibility Study



SERIO undertook an economic impact assessment of the proposal to sink a decommissioned warship in Killala Bay in the Republic of Ireland, using knowledge of a similar project undertaken in Whitsand Bay, Cornwall.

Milk Link Membership Survey

Milk Link Membership Survey



Since 2006 SERIO have carried out an annual members survey for Milk Link, a farmer-owned UK dairy cooperative.

Co-Active

Co-Active



SERIO were commissioned by Co-Active, a social enterprise support organisation, to evaluate their business support programme in the Cornwall Convergence Area and benchmark its performance against the support provided in the wider South West region.

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development



SERIO were commissioned by Plymouth University to establish the market for flexible, career-related learning in the South West.

Ocean Studios

Ocean Studios



The redevelopment of the historical Royal William Yard has been at the heart of Plymouth's recent regeneration. However, one major building remains derelict which a group of local artists propose to transform into studio space.

Mapping Local Food Webs

Mapping Local Food Webs



In 2009 SERIO were commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to evaluate a project to map local food economies.

Combined Universities in Cornwall

Combined Universities in Cornwall



In 2009 SERIO were commissioned to evaluate the communications strategy of a partnership of universities and colleges in Devon and Cornwall.

GAIN Innovation Network

GAIN Innovation Network



Network (GAIN) - a partnership between the South West RDA, Plymouth University and Plymouth City Council - commissioned SERIO to conduct an assessment of the city's baseline position with regard to innovation.

Enterprising Universities

Enterprising Universities



SERIO, in partnership with Teesside University, is leading a project to better understand the new marketspace that the enterprise agenda is creating for the higher education sector.

Plymouth Sector Skills Audit

Plymouth Sector Skills Audit



The Plymouth Employment and Skills Board contracted SERIO to carry out an in-depth analysis of the employment and skills needs of businesses in the city's six priority sectors.

VCS Apprenticeship Scheme

VCS Apprenticeship Scheme



SERIO evaluated the VCS Apprenticeship Scheme for the Voluntary Sector Training Alliance (ViSTA) between 2007 and 2010.

Making Local Food Work

Making Local Food Work



SERIO were commissioned in 2010 to evaluate the overarching impact of Making Local Food Work, a portfolio of ten projects aimed at promoting community food enterprise across the UK, funded by the Big Lottery.

Nightstop Devon

Nightstop Devon



In 2010 SERIO were commissioned by Community Housing Aid to evaluate Nightstop, a service providing emergency accommodation for homeless young people. The study examined the need for and access to the service across Devon.

SERIO undertakes the evaluation of an exciting 'SkillsPlanner' initiative.SERIO is undertaking the evaluation of an exciting Ethos-led initiative 'SkillsPlanner' which aims to address the construction industry skills shortage.
Evaluation of the What Works for you (WW4U) programme: Exeter Community Housing AidExeter Community Housing Aid has commissioned SERIO to undertake a 1 year evaluation of their What Works For You (WW4U) programme in Exeter.
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Our core interdisciplinary team includes experts from a variety of backgrounds and we are unique in our ability to draw on specific expert knowledge for each and every project.

Based at the Plymouth University, we collaborate with academics from across the institution, as well as other external specialists, in order to provide clients with the best possible expertise and insight

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